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FROM THE LIBRARY OF 
REV. LOUIS FITZGERALD BENSON, D. D. 

BEQUEATHED BY HIM TO 

THE LIBRARY OF 

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HYMNS, 



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WILLIAM CULLED BRYANT 



Digitized by the Internet Archive 

in 2012 with funding from 

Princeton Theological Seminary Library 



http://archive.org/details/hnsOObrya 



CONTENTS. 



PAGE 

Hymn 1 5 

" THE LORD GIVETH WISDOM." 

Hymn II 6 

" THY WORD IS TRUTH. " 

Hymn III 8 

'• THE EARTH IS FULL OF THY RICHES." 

Hymn IY 10 

" HIS TENDER MERCIES ARE OVER ALL HIS WORKS." 

Hymn V 12 

" BLESSED ARE THEY THAT MOURN." 

Hymn VI 14 

" NO MAX KNOWETH HIS SEPDLCHRE." 

Hymn VII 1G 

" A BROKEN AND A CONTRITE HEART, OH, GOD, TnOU WILT NOT DESPISE." 



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Hymn VITI 18 

"how amiable are thy tabernacies!" 

Hymn IX 20 

"I AYILL SEND THEM PROPHETS AND APOSTLES." 

Hymn X 22 

" EXCEPT THE LORD BUILD THE HOUSE, THEY LABOR IN VAIN THAT 
BUILD IT." 

Hymn XI 24 

" THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE." 

Hymm XII 26 

" OTHER SHEEP I HAVE, WHICH ARE NOT OF THIS FOLD '. THEM ALSO 
MUST I BRING." 

Hymn XIIL 28 

" THOU, GOD, SEEST ME." 

Hymn XIV.— The Mother's Hymn. ... 29 

" BLESSED ART THOU AMONG WOMEN." 

Hymn XV 31 

" HIS MOTHER KEPT ALL THESE SAYINGS IN HER HEART." 

Hymn XVI 33 

" WHATSOEVER HE S UTH UNTO YOU, DO IT." 

Hymn XYII 35 

"PROCLAIM LIBERTY THROUGH ALL THE LAND." 

Hymn XVIII.— Communion Hymn. ... 37 

" THIS DO IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME." 

Hymn XIX 39 

" THCU HAST PUT ALL THINGS UNDER HIS FEET." 



HYMN I. 

*• THE LOED GIYETH WISDOM." 

Mighty Oxe, before whose face 
TTisdoin had her glorious seat. 

When the orbs that people space 
Sprang to birth beneath thy feet ! 

Source of Truth, whose beams alone 
Light the mighty world of mind ! 

God of Love, who, from thy throne. 
Watchest over all mankind ! 



Shed on those who, in Thy name;. 

Teach the way of Truth and Eight, 
Shed that Love's undying rlame, 

Shed that Wisdom's guiding light. 



HYMN II. 



"thy word is truth." 



On thou, whose Love can ne'er forget 
Its offspring, Great Eternal Mind ! 

We thank thee that thy truth is vet 
A sojourner among mankind ; 

A light before whose brightness fall 
The feet arrayed to tread it down, 

A voice whose strong and solemn call 
The crv of nations cannot drown. 

Thy servant-, at this sacred hour, 

With humble prayer thy throne surround, 



That here, in glory and in power, 

That light may shine, that voice may sound ; 

Till Error's shades shall flee away, 
And Faith, descending from above, 

Amid the pure and perfect day, 
Shall bring her fairer sister Love. 



HYMN III. 
"the eakth is full of thy riches."* 

Almighty ! hear thy children raise 
The Yoice of thankfulness and praise. 
To Him whose wisdom deigned to plan 
This fair and bright abode for man. 

For when this orb of sea and land 
\Yas moulded in thy forming hand, 
Thy calm, benignant smile impressed 
A beam of heaven upon its breast. 

Then rose the hills, and broad and green 
The vale's deep pathway sank between ; 



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Then stretched the plains to where the sky 
Stoops and shuts in the exploring eye. 

Beneath that smile earth's blossoms glowed, 
Pier fountains gushed, her rivers flowed, 
And from the shadowy wood was heard 
The pleasant sound of breeze and bird. 

Thy hand outspread the billowy plains 
Of ocean, nurse of genial rains, 
Hung high the glorious sun and set 
Ought's cressets in her arch of jet. 

Lord, teach us, while the admiring sight 
Dwells on Thy works in deep delight, 
To deem the forms of beauty here 
But shadows of a brighter sphere. 



IIYMX IT. 



Our Father ! to thy love we owe 

All that is fair and good helow. 

Life, and the health that makes life sweet. 

Are blessings from thy mercy seat. 

Oli Giver of the quickening rain ! 
Oh Ripener of the golden grain ! 
From Thee the cheerful day spring flows.. 
Thy balmy evening brings repose. 

Thy frosts arrest, thy tempests chase 
The plagues that waste our helpless race.. 



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Thy softer breath, o'er land and deep. 
Wakes nature from her winter sleep. 

Yet, deem we not that thus alone 
Thy bounty and thy love are shown. 
For we have learned with higher praise 
And holier names to speak thy ways. 

In woe's dark hour our kindest stay. 
Sole trust when life shall pass away. 
Teacher of hopes that light the gloom 
Of Death, and consecrate the tomb. 

Patient with headstrong guilt to bear, 
Slow to avenge and kind to spare, 
Listening to prayer and reconciled 
Full soon to thy repentant child. 



IIYMJST Y. 



" BLESSED ARE THEY THAT MOURN.' 



Deem not that they are blest alone 
Whose days a peaceful tenor keep, 

The God who loves our race has shown 
A blessing for the eyes that weep. . 

The light of smiles shall fill again 
The lids that overflow with tears,. 

And weary hours of woe and pain 
Are promises of happier years. 

Oh, there are days of sunny rest 
For every dark and troubled night. 



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And Grief may bide, an evening guest, 
But Joy shall come with early light. 

And thou, who, o'er thy friend's low bier, 
Dost shed the bitter drops like rain, 

Hope that a brighter, happier sphere 
Will give him to thy arms again. 

ISTor let the good man's trust depart. 
Though life its common gifts deny ; 

Though, with a pierced and bleeding heart, 
And spurned of men, he goes to die. 

For God hath marked each sorrowing day, 
And numbered every secret tear, 

And heaven's long age of bliss shall pay 
For all his children suffer here. 



HYMN VI. 

" NO MAX KX0WETII OF HIS SEPULCHRE." 

"Whex lie who, from the scourge of wrong, 
Aroused the Hebrew tribes to fly, 

Saw the fair region promised long, 
And bowed him on the hills to die ; 

God made his grave, to men unknown, 
Where Moab's rocks a vale infold, 

And laid the aged seer alone, 

To slumber while the world grows old. 

Thus still, whene'er the good and just 
Close their dim eves on life and pain, 



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Heaven watches o'er their slumbering dust 
Till the pure spirit comes again. 

Though nameless, trampled and forgot, 
His servant's humble ashes lie, 

Yet God has marked and sealed the spot, 
To call its inmate to the skv. 



HYMN Til. 



" A BROKEN AND A ( "OXTEITE HEART, OH GOD, 
THOU WILT XOT DESPISE." 



Oh God, whose dread and dazzling brow 

Love never vet forsook ! 
On those who seek thy presence now 

In deep compassion look. 

Aid our weak steps and eyesight dim 

The paths of peace to find, 
And lead us all to learn of Him 

Who died to save mankind. 



For many a frail and erring heart 
Is in thy holy sight. 



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And feet too willing to depart 
From the plain way of right. 

Yet, pleased the humble prayer to hear, 

And kind to all that live, 
Thou, when thou seest the contrite tear, 

Art ready to forgive. 



HYMX VIII. 



" HOW AMIABLE ARE THY TABERNACLES I" 



Thou, whose unmeasured temple stands. 

Built over earth and sea. 
Accept the walls that human hands 

Have raised. < >li Grod ! to thee. 

And let the Comforter and Friend, 

Thy Holy Spirit, meet 
With those who here in worship bend 

Before thy mercy seat. 

May they who err be guided here 
To find the better way. 



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And they who mourn and they who fear 
Be strengthened as they pray. 

May faith grow firm, and love grow warm, 

And hallowed wishes rise, 
While round these peaceful walls the storm 

Of earth-born passion dies. 



HYMX IX. 



All that in tins wide world we see, 
Almighty Father ! speaks of Thee ; 
And in the darkness, or the day, 
Thy monitors surround our way. 

The fearful storms that sweep the sky r 
The maladies by which we die, 
The pangs that make the guilty groan, 
Are augels from thy awful throne. 

Each mercy sent when sorrows lower, 
Each blessing of the winged hour, 



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All we enjoy, and all we love. 

Bring with them lessons from above. 

Nor thus content, thy gracious hand. 
From midst the children of the land. 
Hath raised, to stand before our race. 
Thy living messengers of grace. 

We thank thee that so clear a ray 
Shines on thy straight, thy chosen way. 
And pray that passion, sloth, or pride. 
May never lure our steps aside. 



HYMN" X. 



Ancient of Days ! except thou deign 
Upon the finished task to smile, 

The workman's hand hath toiled in vain„ 
To hew the rock and rear the pile. 

Oh, let thy peace, the peace that tames 
The wayward heart, inhabit here, 

That quenches passion's fiercest flames y 
And thaws the deadly frost of fear.. 

And send thy love, the love that bears 
Meekly with hate, and scorn, and wrong, 



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And loads itself with generous cares, 
And toils, and hopes, and watches long. 

Here may bold tongues thy truth proclaim. 

Unmingled with the dreams of men. 
As from His holy lips it came 

"Who died for us and rose as;ain. 



HYMN XI. 



Lord, from whose glorious presence came 
The truth that made our fathers free, 

And kindled in their hearts the flame 
Of love to man and love to thee. 

Bow the great heavens, thy throne of light,. 
And fill these walls, as once, of yore, 

Thy spirit rested in its might 
Upon the ark that Israel bore. 

Here, let thy love be strong to draw 
Our wavering hearts to do thv will. 



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And hush them with the holy awe 
That makes the rebel passions still. 

And while thy children, frail and blind, 
Here bend in humble prayer to thee, 

Oh, shed abroad, on every mind, 

The truth that made our fathers free.. 



HYMN XII. 



Look from the sphere of endless day, 
Oh, God of mercy and of might ! 

In pity look on those who stray, 
Benighted, in this land of light. 

In peopled vale, in lonely glen, 
In crowded mart by stream or sea, 

How many of the sons of men 

Hear not the message sent from thee. 



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Send forth thy heralds, Lord, to call 

The thoughtless young, the hardened old, 

A wandering flock, and bring them all 
To the Good Shepherd's peaceful fold. 

Send them thy mighty word to speak 

Till faith shall dawn and doubt depart,— 

To awe the bold, to stay the weak, 
And bind and heal the broken heart. 

Then all these wastes, a dreary scene 

On which, with sorrowing eyes, we gaze, 

Shall grow with living waters green. 
And lift to heaven the voice of praise. 



IIYMX XIII. 



r , GOD, SEEST ME." 



When this song of praise shall cease,. 

Let thy children, Lord, depart 
With the blessing of thy peace 

And thy love in every heart. 

Oil, where'er onr path may lie, 

Father, let us not forget 
That we walk beneath thine eye, 

That thy care upholds ns yet, 

Blind are we, and weak, and frail ; 

Be thine aid forever near ; 
May the fear to sin prevail 

Over every other fear. 



HYMN XIV. 

THE MOTHER'S HYMN. 

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Lord, who ordainest for mankind 
Benignant toils and tender cares, 

AVe thank tliee for tlie ties that bind 
The mother to the child she bears. 

>Ye thank thee for the hopes that rise 
Within her heart, as. day by day. 

The dawning soul, from those young eyes 
Looks with a clearer, steadier ray. 

And, grateful for the blessing given 
\Vith that dear infant on her knee, 



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She trains the eve to look to heaven, 
The voice to lisp a prayer to thee. 

Such thanks the blessed Mary gave 
When from her lap the Holy Child, 

Sent from on high to seek and save 
The lost of earth, looked up and smiled. 

All-Gracious ! grant to those who bear 
A mother's charge, the strength and light 

To guide the feet that own their care 
In ways of Love, and Truth, and Eight. 



HYMX XV. 



As o'er the cradle of her Son 

The blessed ]\Iary hung, 
And chanted to the Anointed One 

The psalms that David sung, 

What joy her bosom must have known, 

As, with, a sweet surprise, 
She marked the boundless love that shone 

"Within his infant eyes. 

But deeper was her joy to hear, 
Even in his ripening youth, 



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And treasure up, from year to year, 
His words of grace and truth. 



Oh, may we keep liis words like her, 
In all their life and power, 

And to the law of love refer 
The acts of every hour. 



HYMN XVI. 



WHATSOEVER HE SAITH UNTO YOU, DO IT."" 



" Whate'er lie bids observe and do ;" 
Such, were tlie words that Mary said, 

What time the Holy One and True 

Sat where the marriage feast was spread. 

Then, at his word, the servants sought 

The streams from Cana's fountains poured,. 

And lo ! the crystal water brought 
"Was ruddy wine upon the board. 

Whate'er he bids observe and do ; 
Such be die law that we obev. 



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And greater wonders men shall view 
Than that of Cana's bridal day. 

The flinty heart with love shall beat, 

The chains shall fall from passion's slave, 

The proud shall sit at Jesus' feet 

And learn the truths that bless and save. 



HYMN XVII. 



Go forth, oh Word of Christ ! go forth, 
Oh Truth of God supremely strong ! 

To banish, from the groaning earth, 
All forms of tyranny and wrong. 

For where the Word of Christ prevails 
To touch a nation's mighty heart, 

The oppressor's pride before it quails, 
The links of bondage fall apart. 

When the pure faith by Jesus taught 
Its conquering course on earth began y 

'Where'er the blessed news was brought 
The fettered slave stood up a man. 



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Still inay thy heralds, Lord, proclaim 
The gracious message published then, 

And teach the world, in Jesus' name, 
How love makes free the sons of men. 



HYMN XVIII. 

COMMUNION HYMN. 

"THIS DO IX REMEMBRANCE OF ME." 

All praise to Him of Nazareth, 

The Holy One who came, 
For love of man, to die a death 

Of agony and shame. 

Dark was the grave : but since he lay 

Within its dreary cell, 
The beams of heaven's eternal day 

Upon its threshold dwell. 

He grasped the iron veil, he drew 
Its gloomy folds aside, 



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And opened, to his followers' view, 
The glorious world they hide. 

In tender memory of his grave 
The mystic bread we take, 

And muse upon the life he gave 
So freely for our sake. 

A boundless love he bore mankind ; 

Oh, may at least a part 
Of that strong Jove descend and Unci 

A place in every heart. 



HYMX XIX. 
"thou hast put all things uxder his feet." 

Oh, North, with, all thy vales of green ! 

Oh, South, with all thy palms ! 
From peopled towns and fields between 

Uplift the voice of psalm-. 
Raise, ancient East ! the anthem high, 
And let the youthful AVest reply. 

Lo ! in the clouds of Heaven appears 

God's well-beloved Son ; 
He brings a train of brighter years ; 

His kingdom is begun ; 
He comes a guilty world to bless 
With mercy, truth, and righteousness. 



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Oh, Father ! haste the promised hour, 

When at His feet shall lie 
All rule, authority, and power, 

Beneath the ample sky : 
When He shall reign from pole to pole, 
The Lord of every human soul. 

When all shall heed the words He said, 

Amid their daily cares, 
And, by the loving life He led, 

Shall strive to pattern theirs ; 
And He who conquered Death shall win 
The mightier conquest over Sin. 



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